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January 2019

TAZZEKA (Morocco/France) Showing with PRESTIGE INGREDIENTS

January 19 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him.  Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking. Running Time:   95 min Director:  Jean-Philippe Gaud From:  France | Morocco Language:  Arabic | French…

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February 2019

RETURN OF THE HERO/LE RETOUR DU HEROS (France/Belgium)

February 9 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

France, 1809 and the dashing Capitaine Charles-Grégoire Neuville has just become engaged to the young Pauline when he is called away to the front. He promises that he will write every day, but he does not. The impressionable Pauline hysterically falls ill with pneumonia. He is, after all, her first love and there is little news from the war front. The doctor warns she will not get better unless she has a will to live.  Her sister writes letters on…

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CHILDREN OF THE LIE /Un Mensonge Oublié (France)

February 23 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

A week before her wedding, Agathe Plichard, a pretty young woman of mixed race, is found drowned in the Creuse river. The police treat the case as an accident but her fiancé, Felix Bricourt, is convinced she was murdered. He decides to investigate by himself, despite the wishes of his family, a wealthy dynasty of the region. Won over by Felix’s resolve, police inspector Carole Levasseur also decides to find out the truth. The murder of an independent journalist changes…

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March 2019

POINT DEFIANCE (USA) Filmmaker Guests

March 9 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Filmmaker Guests:  Justin Foia, Director/Writer and Timothy Foia, Writer “A bachelor’s beautiful, isolated home becomes a hostile prison when his troubled brother returns from military duty in Afghanistan, forcing them to unearth their violent past before another dark secret is buried.”  … Shoreline Entertainment Writer|Director: Justin Foia Writer|Producer: Timothy Foia Genre: Action|Thriller Running Time: 100 minutes Distributor: Shoreline Entertainment Country: USA Language: English Rating: N|R but does include violence and profanity Starring: Derek Phillips (Friday Night Lights), Josh Crotty (Scandal), Sara Butler…

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HER WORD AGAINST HIS (France)

March 23 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Laura has a promising career as a young auctioneer, but her life looks set to fall apart when she's the victim of a rape. The rapist is a well-known and respected gallery owner, and the assault takes place after a cocktail party. Laura knows it's unlikely she'll be believed if she files a complaint. But that same night the gallery owner's wife is murdered at home, and the husband is a suspect. Laura can retaliate by not providing him w/an…

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April 2019

IMPERFECT AGE (Italy)

April 13 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

WEST COAST PREMIERE Camilla is a seventeen year old who has the dream of becoming a dancer, despite her mother's concerns.  One day in dance she meets Sara, an aspiring dancer like her, and her life will never be the same. Director: Ulisse Lendaro Writer: Cosimo Calamini Genre: Drama Distributor: Intramovies S.r.l. Running Time: 96 minutes Country: Italy Language: Italian w|English Subtitles Rating: N|R Starring: Ulisse Lendaro, Marina Occhionero, Paola Calliari, Anna Valle, Anita Kravos, Enrico Cavicchioli FESTIVALS: Scottsdale International…

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ME AGAINST THE WORLD (France)

April 27 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Unemployed Audrey is not a fighter. She lives alone with her 16 year-old-son, Enzo, a smart young boy in sport studies. One day he finds himself fighting for his life after taking a certain medication. While the doctors refuse to confirm the link between the drug and his condition, Audrey fights to sort right from wrong in a world she knows nothing about, and where she will probably lose more than her battle to reveal the truth… Director(s) : Thierry BINISTI…

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May 2019

BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE (USA)

May 4 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Guest - Dr. Drake Stutesman* Narrated by Jodie Foster, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is a documentary about the first female filmmaker, exploring the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create. Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and in 1896, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films…

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DEATH IN THE SOUL (France)

May 18 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

A hideous crime, an even worse truth. Marc Lagnier confesses to the murder of his adored son, but refuses to explain. He's guilty and that's that: no need to look any further for a culprit. Tristan Delmas, an ambitious young lawyer, is appointed to defend Marc against the latter's will. Seeking the truth, Tristan looks into the Lagnier family, revealing dark zones and things unspoken. He also realises his investigation keeps crossing a police search for the murderer of young…

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June 2019

LEONA (Mexico)

June 8 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

LEONA is an intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. Ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel, watching her negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning sentiment is both painful and beautiful – there are no easy choices to be made and the viewer travels back and forth…

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DYING FOR A CHILD (France)

June 29 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

US PREMIERE The body of Florence Varthy, daughter of a well-known entrepreneur, is found dead in her garage. Over the last few months, Florence and her partner, unable to have a child of their own, had faked her pregnancy and arranged for a surrogate mother, which is illegal in France.  Their plan was going off without a hitch … until the birth of the baby. Writer(s): Daniel Tonachella, Sarah Levy | Based on Guy Des Cars’s Novel: The Surrogate Mother…

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July 2019

SIR (India)

July 13 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Ratna works as domestic live-in help with Ashwin, a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost… On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works determinedly towards her dream. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable…  mk2 Films “An intelligent romance within…

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MY POLISH HONEYMOON (France)

July 27 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Anna and Adam, a young Parisian couple with Jewish origins, are about to travel to Poland for the first time.  Technically speaking this will be their honeymoon.  They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam's grandfather, which was destroyed 75 years ago. Adam is not really enthusiastic, but sees it as an occasion to spend some quality time with his wife, away from their baby boy.  Anna, on the other hand, is…

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August 2019

THE CITIZEN (Hungary)

August 10 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

In his late fifties Wilson, whose family was killed during an outbreak of civil war in Guinea-Bissau, enters Europe as a political refugee and settles for a sedate life as a security guard in a Budapest shopping center. Wilson's main desire is to acquire Hungarian citizenship. The story follows Wilson as he attempts to find his place in Hungarian society in his daily life, at work, with Mari, a history teacher who helps him study for the citizenship and Shirin,…

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GASPARD AT THE WEDDING (France/Belgium)

August 31 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Shortly after their chance meeting, Gaspard asks Laura if she will accompany him to his family home and pose as his girlfriend at his father’s second wedding. At this point, viewers will probably assume they’re dealing with a familiar and delightful trope of romantic comedy: the fake couple will become a real one, and everyone will live happily ever after.  And while that isn’t altogether false, Antony Cordier’s Gaspard at the Wedding is a far more surprising…

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September 2019

SINK OR SWIM (France/Belgium)

September 14 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

With buoyant energy, Gilles Lellouche choreographs and directs a stellar ensemble in pursuit of grace and discarded dreams—that is, a group of varyingly coordinated middle-aged men who find an outlet in synchronized swimming. Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric, soulful yet understated) is the newbie to the group, having signed up on a whim to take his mind off of his unemployment and depression. As he gets to know his fellow swimmers, played by Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade, and Philippe Katerine,…

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